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Apple has been granted a patent for a Google Glass-like device

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Apple has been granted a patent for a Google Glass-like device
Sure, Google might have been the first company to show its head-mounted computer, the Glass, to the world, but this doesn't stop Apple from patenting the idea, does it? No, no, there's no need to go mad about this, it turns out Apple has filed this patent waaay back in 2006! Of course, the patent seems to be a bit vague (as most patents we've dealt with recently), and doesn't necessarily mean that Apple is working on a Glass-like device, but it does seem to have a lot in common with stuff like head-mounted displays projecting images to the user's eyes and other stuff like that.

Here's a brief description:

Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for projecting a source image in a head-mounted display apparatus for a user. A first display projects an image viewable by a first eye of the user. A first peripheral light element is positioned to emit light of one or more colors in close proximity to the periphery of the first display. A receives data representing a source image, processes the data representing the source image to generate a first image for the first display and to generate a first set of peripheral conditioning signals for the first peripheral light element, directs the first image to the first display, and directs the first set of peripheral conditioning signals to the first peripheral light element. As a result, an enhanced viewing experience is created for the user.

Well, well, it seems we might be on the edge of the next big era in computing - wearable computers! Yeah, we know, we aren't too excited either, but if there are some of you guys, who'd love to express their enthusiasm for uber-geeky stuff like smart watches and glasses, feel free to do so in the comments!

source: FPO via: PCMag

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posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:05 49

1. Mehdia (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)


Apple Is Crazy Fuked Apple

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:45 3

17. dickwyn (Posts: 593; Member since: 07 May 2012)


if it werent for the patent google would have sued. Now that is a clear copycat

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 15:51 13

56. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6399; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


FYI Google already Patent their Glasses. APPLE only trying to STOP or BAN Google from making any good Products. seriously this shyt NEEDS TO STOP

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 19:34 8

69. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I have just one question.....

Where is Apple's glasses device.........

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 22:38 2

75. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


and why the news of the patent only surfaced after the announcement of the Google Glass?

nice apple.. I see what you did there..

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 18:52 1

77. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6399; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


they only pay the UPTSO so they can file another dumb a$$ injunction against GOOGLE. but they will never make it

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:30 9

38. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


No apple is not crazy,they are clever its the patent office that is stupid.
Soon we see google getting a patent infringement case against them

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 14:02

83. am0_oma (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


you are right, Apple always think then Google stole, the patent office that is stupid and broken beacuse they delayed Apple patent for long time.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:10 23

2. plgladio (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


USPTO should check whether are there any devices made by the patent org within atleast 5 years and should invalidate that patent.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:23 6

37. sprockkets (Posts: 1160; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Sony many years ago had such a device called the plasmatron. Plenty prior art.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:10 12

3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


oh hell no.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:14 18

4. pongkie (Posts: 501; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


Stop this insanity!!!!

why are they all moving in this direction?

I hate wearing glasses

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:52 5

19. aaronkatrini (Posts: 237; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


Ok these "glasses" may have a market share, but really... At 2012 i don't believe we really "need" them.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:59 3

22. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Same here, man. When it comes to mobile computing, I am a total minimalist, as I believe most people are. Hence the success of tablets. I got perfect vision, so why put a pane of plastic between me and the screen? Or, do I really want to be driving or crossing the street with images,movies and advertising scrolling an inch from my eyes??? I could see great uses for such an application in Virtual Reality and the such, but that is about it.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:39 4

41. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it its current state it wont see mass market appeal.. but its only the beggining. In a generation or 2, they will be able to make them part of regular looking glasses as the tech shrinks more. At that point u wont know who is wearing the G-glasses and who isnt. That's when it will become popular. And I can see plenty of uses for it. On vacation in unfamiliar territory? Augmented reality Navigation overlayed right on your glasses. And yea, it could help you find things in a store. Search for jasmine rice and it will Nav you right to it. Maybe augmented night vision to be able to make out things in the dark.
Stuff like that as well as regular functions like calls n voice text would make it very popular... once the tech becomes a little more "invisible".

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:15 21

5. Aeires (unregistered)


Aren't most of Apple's patents vague? Judging by how many have been invalidated in the past year, I'd have to say they are.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:23 21

6. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Dafuq ?
Sooo.... Google actually creates a working prototype , apple does nothing , and still gets the patent ? This smells like bribery ... why am i not surprised ? Apple hasn't innovate since 2007... smh , just smh

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:03 9

26. Aeires (unregistered)


Unfortunately that's how the patent system works. It's now first to concept, not first to create. You can brainstorm a new idea, get a patent on it and never actually build or develop it. Later on, when someone actually does make the device, you pull out the patent and demand money and/or ban the product.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:19 7

46. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats exactly the Apple way. Or buy the patent ideas from another company just to sue your competitors out of the space, which is exactly what they are trying with Siri now.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 20:52 1

74. Lucas777 (Posts: 2135; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i dont think you have to provide a working prototype for a patent-- just drawings and diagrams.. also if they do, they would not have gotten the patent if they did not.. and apple keeps all their prototypes secret-- not like google who shows us all these things only to have it reduced for the actual product (not hatin on google but it is just two different ways of impressing people)

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:24 9

7. ekia007 (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


they think they can patenet all tech?

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 15:54 3

57. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6399; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


they might as well buy the freaking HOLE USPTO & BAN everyone from making any touch screen or new tech then they will see how bad they are fcking C&Apple. This shyt needs to stop or someone MUST stop APPLE

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:27 3

8. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!​!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apple is a BEAST in the industry...

wow i never thought they would be interested in that lame mobile glasses idea... but hey if Google ends up making it big with that product Apple is making sure they GET PAID!!!

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:31 3

11. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


i can see project glass heading in either direction. either its going to hook or its going to fail miserably.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:04 4

27. Aeires (unregistered)


The military will keep this alive, the battlefield applications alone are staggering.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 15:55 2

59. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6399; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


you're really are a idiot. I'm sure you don't like anyone else but apple to make useless patent or keep anyone from making new technology.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 16:59 3

63. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


how am i an idiot because i laughed at apple having a patent for similar technology??

its more of a shock to see them even be interested in it...

apple is a very STRONG company... financially their able to acquire almost anything they want... = BEAST

dont get mad at me because you are rooting for Google to beat apple... (which is lame by the way)

i'm not an applefanboy nor am i an androidfanboy...

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 18:51

68. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6399; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


strong? THEY DON'T like COMPETITION. The only reason why their number one in the first place is their iPods and their Itunes those two makes them millions of dollars. when they first launch their first touch screen phone it was a billion dollar industry for them. when they find out GOOGLE was making a phone STEVE JOBS/Apple says DON'T MAKE a phone. which is a warning. they waited till the top two manufactuere SAMSUNG/HTC surpass million dollar mark then they sue. why don't u buy a istore or something

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:28 2

9. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


let the suing wars continue.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:31 6

10. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


I think it will be called iSight , iGlasses or iSee

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:38

13. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


if apple does come out with such a product, it probably would be called iSight.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:12 1

42. Immolate (Posts: 282; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


iBall

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:41 1

15. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


iSight is already used by Apple, for the new iPad's camera

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:00 3

24. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


i forgot, silly me.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:09

28. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


me too

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:09

29. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


What about iVision ?

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 14:59 4

49. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


How about iSteal

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 15:04

51. crimsonassassin (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


mostlikly they will try for Ivision

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 15:24 1

53. fur0n (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


oh then we should patent all the i... stuff so we can start suing apple when they try to make something new and they can't because we have the patent for the name.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 15:56

60. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6399; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


iPatent

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 18:58

78. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


iCopy?

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:37 3

12. CellieCell (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)


I'm surprised nintendo didn't patent this way bay in the '90s this kind of stunt apple is pulling makes me dislike apple even more!

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Boy

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:39 1

14. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


oh the virtual boy. i loved that thing and almost no one had it. my neighbor had it and id go over there to play it and leave with a massive headache.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:49

18. CellieCell (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)


Lol, i always wanted one, but it was too expensive, my parents wouldn't get me one as a kid. I bet if Nintendo really wanted they'd make a new version of virtual boy.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:00

23. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


it would be cool if they released another virtual boy... hopefully in color. all that red was probably the reason why people were getting headaches.

wario land on that thing was pretty sweet.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:35

33. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I got one of those things for less than $50 and games for like like $5 apiece, then realized it was because Nintendo recalled it. Red was too intense and you saw green after using it. Messed up young kids too...something about depth perception and seeing in 3D still being developed in young kids and the VB messed with it and kids couldn't see right. I loved the Tennis and Wario game for it.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 19:37 2

70. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea...the Virtual Boy...

Of course this will be dimissed by iFans...

Apple took the basic idea of the Virtual Boy...changed some things...now they might can sue the hell outta Google. Sounds fimilar?

Amazing.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:44 2

16. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


Why am i not surprised by this article..?

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:52 5

20. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Pretty transparent what Apple is doing. Now they can sue the crap out of Google when their finished product comes out, and try to stop it at Customs by saying: "Look, it does everything our patent specifies".

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:58 6

21. Sniggly (Posts: 6943; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


How convenient that Apple is granted a patent they supposedly filed 6 f**king years ago only AFTER Google unveils that it is far along in development of its own device.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 19:38

71. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


BIG coincidence.

Smells mighty fishy to me.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:02 2

25. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Apple is always like: "Why didn't we think of that!!??"

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:10 2

30. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


I would love a pair of glasses like these, especially when I drive, so I don't get bored looking at other cars :)

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:20 3

31. joseg81 (Posts: 165; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


i think apple has somebody in the patent office paid off. lol cuz seriously if anybody comes up with something new apple pulls some patent that was magically filed years ago out of their a$$. it seems like to big of a coincidence that the patent office would hold it for 16 years n release it just now....especially since back in those days apple was barely working on the iphone.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 14:11

48. joseg81 (Posts: 165; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


oops typo *6

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:32 2

32. xtian1103 (Posts: 357; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


not starting a flame war here, but do you guys think apple is just waiting for it's similar product be patented then it will make a move (sue). sure google project glass was announced last year and as a prior art it has a case against apple but the former applied for it 6 years ago.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:57 2

36. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


exactly, if they never created a clucking prototype, they never should have been granted the freaking patent. There should be no such thing as software patents. END OF FcUCKING STORY
Apple is now pathetic.... Pathetic

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:43 1

34. marchels14 (unregistered)


apple wants everything,but it cant have.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:51 1

35. DonkeySauce (Posts: 158; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


If google releases it and it turns out to be popular, then the Apple Patent trolls will come out to sue google for infringement. There is so much BS Patent trolling out there. These companies patent an idea that they don't really know how to implement, then when someone else figures out something similar, they're like "I had that idea first". Makes me want to file a patent for every stupid idea I have so I can make my retirement by suing people.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:34 1

39. ateo (Posts: 14; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)


Here is a new idea for Apple to use. A toilet with integrated Siri, and basically everything an iDevice can do. It will be called is**t. The toilet paper will be called iSwipe(subject to another sue from Google because of Swipe).And the most important feature of the toilet will be iFlush(maybe a sue from Adobe because of Flash).

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